Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported 9541new covid cases from 30 districts and 33 deaths from 15 districts in the past 24 hours.
For the fourth consecutive day the daily positive cases remained below 10 K although there has been a rise of over 2000 cases in the past 24 hours in comparison to Friday’s tally.
The covid death toll continued to remain over 30 for last one week with 33 more covid patients under treatment in hospital succumbing to the virus on Saturday.
The Covid tally in the state surged to 7,56,684 while the fatalities jumped to 2719 and the recovery stood at 6,58,646.
For the second consecutive day, the active case load remained below one lakh ( 95,266) showing a further dip in the number.
The recovery cases also continued to surpass the covid positive cases for the last seven days.As many as 11,513 covid patients were recovered on Saturday against 9541 tested positive in the state.
Health and family Welfare department sources said 5343 new cases were registered from the quarantine centres and 419 as local contact cases in the past 24 hours.
Khordha reported the highest number of 1342 cases followed by Cuttack ( 716),Mayurbhanj(695), Sundargarh (595),Angul (562) and Puri (528).
Nuapada district which has the lowest active cases of 522 also reported the lowest number of 50 new covid cases on Saturday.
Sources said considering the high test positive report in several districts,the health experts have favoured further extension of lockdown in the state.
In the second phase of the Covid 19, the state government had imposed a two weeks lockdown from May 5 which was further extended to till June 1 in view of rise in daily covid cases in the state.
Only four districts- Kandhamal, Malkangiri,Gajapati and Deogarh have TPR below 5 percent while districts like Khordha,Cuttack,Balasore and Bhadrak have TPR above 30 percent.
However, the TPR in as many as 20 districts in the state has reported over 10 percent.
Since the famous Raja festival and savitree festival in the second week of June would attract a large congregation and gathering and also shopping,the health experts opined that a further lock down extension is the only strategy to contain the spread of the virus.
However, Trader organizations in the state have demanded that in the event of further extension of lockdown in the state, the government should increase the relaxation time for opening of essential shops.
Presently ,the government had given relaxation for the people to purchase essential services between 7 AM to 11 AM.
Sources said the second wave of covid 19 in the state has assumed an alarming proportion as till date in May the total positive cases have crossed three lakh marks and the covid 19 had claimed 665 lives in the past 29 days.
Khordha district has registered the highest number both active cases(13,638) an covid deaths(465).Besides Khordha the other three districts which have reported high fatalities are Ganjam ( 281),Sundargarh(265), Cuttack ( 158),Puri ( 154),Kalahandi (109),Rayagada (107), Balasore (105) and Angul (104 ).
The Cuttack district has the second highest active cases of 9194 followed by Angul ( 6525) and Sundargarh ( 5872).
At least six districts in the state have the active cases below 100.
Official sources said out of 33 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, Angul district reported a maximum of five deaths, followed by three each in Boudh,Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Sundargarh district.
Six districts have reported two fatalities each while one each died in four other districts.